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Managing your references: Zotero

Share references

Share references with your colleagues using Zotero groups. There are a variety of privacy and editing permissions options. Interact with other group members via group discussions.

Citations and bibliographies

Cite references and create bibliographies in Microsoft Word, Open Office or Google Docs using the Zotero word processor plugin:

For a list of citation styles available in Zotero, take a look at the Zotero Style Repository:

Zotero can also be used with Google Docs. You can find information about using Zotero with Google Docs on Zotero's website:

How does it work?

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Zotero is a freely available reference manager which can be used as a desktop program for Mac, Windows and Linux, called 'Zotero Standalone', and as an extension for the Firefox web browser:

There is also an online version of Zotero, which you can set up to sync with your desktop version of Zotero and access it from anywhere. It also lets you join groups and back up your files. You will need to register to use this:

Connectors, which allow you to save items directly from your web browser to Zotero Standalone, are available for Google Chrome, Safari and Firefox:

A 'bookmarklet' for Zotero can be added to almost any web browser (desktop and mobile) to allow references to be sent to your Zotero library. This is especially useful if you are using a device without the Zotero Connector. The method of adding the bookmarklet to your browser will vary depending on the software you wish to use. Please see the Bookmarklet reference section on the Zotero website:

Collecting references

Below are tips on how to collect references and build up your Zotero library. Zotero provide support on gathering references on their website:


  • Bibliographic data from:
    • Online databases
    • Google Scholar
    • SOLO
    • Other library catalogues (e.g. British Library)
  • Webpage snapshots

Indirect Export

From online databases and other reference management software.

Import files saved as Zotero RDF, MODS (Metadata Object Description Schema), BibTeX, RIS, Refer/BibIX or Unqualified Dublin Core RDF.

By Item Identifier

Type in an ISBN, DOI or PubMed ID.


Type details in manually

Need help with Zotero?

Bodleian Libraries workshops


Go to iSkills workshops | Bodleian Libraries ( to find any upcoming workshops on Zotero;

and to Reference management workshop handouts | Bodleian Libraries ( to find supporting handouts, presentations slides and webinar recording

For help with Zotero please email

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